Colours, Colours Everywhere

Where do you start with colours? Good lord.  By far the hardest part of the building process is picking your colour selections. It is part art, part budget, and part just picking something before they get ‘grumpy’ at your procrastination. So here we go.  Unveiling our colour selections.

Laminates are great, but so many of them look so horrible. It is a massive selection battle to find something that doesn’t look like recycled cardboard. Our budget didn’t extend to fancy kitchen cabinets or stone benchtops in the bathrooms.

We wanted a really warm kitchen, and one that had contrast. White kitchens are the rage, but we wanted something a bit us. The deep, rich bamboo floor we chose made the kitchen selections very tough as the bamboo is such a statement.

The interior experts decided that a softer wood would be nicely contrasted with a rich oyster grey bench, which is a very large masculine slab cut rather chunky (60mm).

The top cupboards are a very light laminate colour (moleskin – looks like rich vanilla ice cream) to stop the room from shrinking. It’s a gloss laminate that mimics a more expensive vinyl wrap or two-pack. Sure, it won’t wear as well – but it is very reasonably priced.

With a south side kitchen, the room could start to close in, so we kept it lifted. Oh, and the splashback window will ooze green from a future fern garden.

The bathrooms are all pretty neutral and earthy. They will be counterbalanced by some very cool indoor plant pots and indoor plants to add a dazzle of green through the earth tones. And the towels will be provide a colour accent. The bathroom colour schemes were somewhat limited by the category one tiles on offer. We needed to keep the tile budget on track, and not go crazy. But the saltbush floor tile is very close to another more expensive tile I fell in love with in another life – so all good. Walls are simple white.

House internal wall colour is safe to start with, and mostly to feature the bamboo floor colour. Too much richness in the walls started to give me a headache. We will feature up some walls down the track once we get the feel for the new girl.

The external colour selections were a festival of pain. We started in the warm Tuscan sun, but quickly realised it was a clash of modern and old. Instead, we’ve gone for a neutral green house. We really wanted a light roof (for temperature control) and chose colourbond surfmist. The greens (all in the same family) rise out of the earth and will be completed with rich green foliage and a garden built close to the house to set the house inside the forest of foliage.  We also wanted some contract with the H of the portico, so we’ve lifted the facia with a grey that will hopefully tie in with the darker green contrast of the H.  Aluminium windows are in surfmist to suit the roof and garage door.

A big thank you to the interior designer who helped with the externals  – for a fee – (we were stuck and helpless!) and for Metricon’s style gurus to really push the kitchen edge towards something a little bit different.

You can see the colours over here:


2 thoughts on “Colours, Colours Everywhere

  1. I find colour selections quite overwhelming too and at some point you just have to take the plunge. I also feel the same way about laminates, chosen badly they look cheap and awful, chosen well and it looks a million dollars. It’s great that you had some professional help. I love your vision for the exterior to “rise out of the earth”. I also love your interior wall colour and will have to check it out further.

  2. I like your story-like description to choosing your external and internal colours. Choosing colours is indeed a nightmarish experience if one has not done the homework. And good on you for seeking some professional assistance.

    We went to heaps of display houses to get inspiration and finally chose an external colour the same as one of the display houses. For internal colour, we chose a popular colour, Hog Bristle. We will add feature colours post handover, based on the colours we saw in display houses.

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